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j6                        THE FATE OF MAN

in bourgeois society, thought and conscience
were always personal:   they were impersonal
and average, adapting themselves to the prevail-
ing type of man.   The impersonal and inhuman
power of money has determined the fate of
man.    The opinion of bourgeois society is a
tyrant.   It demands of man, of persons, quite
impersonal judgments.    Every atom must re-
semble every other.    Instead of meaning per-
sonal originality and creativity, personal thought,
individualism has usually meant egoism, profit,
isolation, division, a wolf-like attitude toward
one's neighbour, complete absence of the sense
of super-personal service.   Individualism has not
been personalism at all; instead, it was another
sort of tribal and collective instinct.   Individual-
ism is either a bourgeois attitude toward life, or
the isolation of a few aesthetes.   Personalism, on
the other hand, is the realization in man of the
image and likeness of God.   In individualistic
bourgeois society man has been socialized and
objectivized, subject to the power of money and
industrial development, his power of judgment
has been subjected to bourgeois moral standards,
but he has been constantly taught to think that
he was serving society,, the nation or the state.
At the same time he remained " the economic
man," an individualist in economic life, guided
by individual, rather than social interests.